Symone Seven
retouch.jpg

Seven Days Blog

sevenbrandwhite.jpg
Posts tagged retouch
How do I use frequency separation the easy way in photoshop?


By SYMONE SEVEN


Frequency separation is a retouching technique that allows the user to pinpoint issues with skin tone and skin texture separately. Skin tone issues like hyperpigmentation have little to do with texture and with FS it allows you to correct that problem without disturbing the skin texture. This method is centered around precision so it’s best for spot treating than all over retouching. Keep reading to learn one way of how I use Frequency Separation.



HOW TO SET UP FREQUENCY SEPARATION TO RETOUCH


  1. Create two background layers by hitting the keyboard shortcut COMMAND J twice

  2. Label your layers by double clicking them. Label the bottom one “TONE” and the top layer “TEXTURE” 

  3. Turn off the top “TEXTURE” visibility by clicking the EYE ICON next to the layer name

  4. Select the TONE layer then go to FILTER tab and select BLUR, and then click GUSSIAN BLUR from the drop down menu

  5. Set your radius between 5-9.0 and hit OK

  6. Turn back on the TEXTURE layer visibility by hitting the space where the EYE ICON was

  7. Select that layer then go to IMAGE TAB and click APPLY IMAGE

  8. Fill this information into the respected slots in the dialogue box- Layer: tone , Blending: Subtract , Scale: 2 , Offset: 128

  9. Then hit ok to accept these changes. Your layer should turn gray but you should still see a faint outline of your photo.

  10. Change the blend mode of the TEXTURE LAYER to LINEAR LIGHT



HOW TO CORRECT SKIN TONE WITH DODGE AND BURN


  1. Create two curves adjustment layers

  2. Label them separately, DODGE and the other BURN

  3. Dodge is the layer of the highlights we are adding to the photo so change the layer blend mode to SCREEN then invert the layer mask with keyboard shortcut COMMAND I.

  4. Burn is the layer of the shadows  we are adding to the photo so change the layer blend mode to MULTIPLY then invert it with keyboard shortcut COMMAND I 

  5. Paint with white on the BRUSH TOOL on the DODGE LAYER on the areas of the face that are too light to darken them

  6. Paint with white on the BRUSH TOOL on the DODGE LAYER on the dark marks to lighten them

  7. Paint with black on the layer masks to take away the effect if you go too far


My tips are to create your own photoshop action by recording when you set up FS so you don’t have to go through those steps every time you edit. For dodging and burning, I sugguest using the BRUSH TOOL on 22% fill and 3% flow. I also suggest using the MIXER BRUSH to paint over areas that are difficult to dodge/burn. 




Want more retouching advice like this? Check out my other posts on symoneseven.com, my instagram @symoneseven or my self titled youtube channel. Check below to find the link of the long form video I have on this subject. 



GEAR

Sony a7 camera with Sony 85mm f/1.8 lens

Neewer RT-16 trigger 


LIGHT

Neweeer monolight on a c stand

46”  octabox at 2 o'clock above her

gold reflector under her bust 


CREDITS

Photo: @symoneseven

Model: @gottaluvlorrie


How do I replace a background in photoshop?

By SYMONE SEVEN


Learn how to replace any boring studio backdrop with the image of your choice. It’s a quick process that reads longer than it’ll actually take you to do it. Stay tuned to find out how !


HOW TO REPLACE A BACKGROUND


  1. Use the QUICK SELECTION TOOL to select the background by clicking and dragging

  2. Press Q to refine your selection. The areas that aren’t in the selection will turn red (your subject)

  3. Paint with white to include to left out areas that you wish to be in your selection

  4. Invert the selection once you’re finished by going to the SELECT TAB at the top and clicking the INVERT option

  5. Hit the LAYER MASK BUTTON (next to the CREATE A NEW LAYER BUTTON) to delete the background

  6. Drag the image in of the background you wish to replace

  7. Done :)


My advice is to take your time when refining your selection. Use 100% opacity on the brush to get faster results when refining. But please, be mindful that this is the most important part that can make or break the image. 


Want more tips on editing like this? Check out my other posts on symoneseven.com, my instagram @symoneseven or my self titled youtube channel.


GEAR

Nikon d7200 with 55-200mm f/3.5

Neewer RT-16 trigger 


LIGHT

Neweeer monolight on a c stand

46”  octabox at 2 o'clock above me

White reflector under her bust 


CREDITS

Photo/retouch/model: @symoneseven


How do I use Frequency Separation as a beginner?

By SYMONE SEVEN


Want to use frequency separation to retouch but too intimidated to try it? This post is for you! Frequency Separation is just a tool that retouchers use to target skin tone and skin texture layers separately. In this post I will break down how to set up frequency separation and the easiest way to use it to retouch!


HOW TO SET UP FREQUENCY SEPARATION TO RETOUCH


  1. Create two background layers by hitting the keyboard shortcut COMMAND J twice

  2. Label your layers by double clicking them. Label the bottom one “TONE” and the top layer “TEXTURE” 

  3. Turn off the top “TEXTURE” visibility by clicking the EYE ICON next to the layer name

  4. Select the TONE layer then go to FILTER tab and select BLUR, and then click GUSSIAN BLUR from the drop down menu

  5. Set your radius between 5-9.0 and hit OK

  6. Turn back on the TEXTURE layer visibility by hitting the space where the EYE ICON was

  7. Select that layer then go to IMAGE TAB and click APPLY IMAGE

  8. Fill this information into the respected slots in the dialogue box- Layer: tone , Blending: Subtract , Scale: 2 , Offset: 128 

  9. Then hit ok to accept these changes. Your layer should turn gray but you should still see a faint outline of your photo. 

  10. Change the blend mode of the TEXTURE LAYER to LINEAR LIGHT


 I also have tutorial on how to record an action for frequency separation so you don’t have to repeat this long process every single time you edit photos. Link: 


HOW TO SMOOTH SKIN WITH FREQUENCY SEPARATION

  1. For skin smoothing: circle an uneven skin area with the LASSO TOOL with the TONE layer selected

  2. Go to the FILTER TAB then select BLUR and click on GUSSIAN BLUR

  3. Use the same radius you used to set up FS and hit ok

  4. Repeat steps 1-3 on various problem areas until it’s even. You can repeatedly go over the same areas


My advice is to clean your photo of texture blemishes before doing frequency separation such as using the HEALING BRUSH TOOL on pimples. To make this skin smoothing effect natural, I sugguest making a copy of the TONE LAYER to do the blurring and then turn down the layer FILL to blend it with the original.


Want more tips like this? Check out my other posts on symoneseven.com, my instagram @symoneseven or my self titled youtube channel. 


GEAR

Neweeer monolight on a c stand

46”  octabox at 2 o'clock above her

White reflector under her bust 


CREDITS

Photo: @symoneseven

Model: @empressfusion_


How do I create a Photoshop Action for Frequency Separation?

By SYMONE SEVEN


Improve your workflow by using photoshop actions to glide through your editing process. A Photoshop action is essentially Photoshop recording the commands you give it and replaying them on command. Automating actions come in handy when you want to reduce the reptition of go-to techniques you reach for often. Keep reading to find out how to make editing easier. 



HOW TO CREATE A PHOTOSHOP ACTION 


  1. Go to the WINDOW TAB at the top of the screen on Photoshop’s menu panel

  2.  Select ACTIONS from the drop box menu

  3. In the dialogue box that opened, press the CREATE A NEW ACTION button (looks like a page)

  4. Name the action, and organize it as you wish with a category or shortcut key

  5. Press the RECORD buttom (look like a red circle) to begin recording

  6. Set up Frequency Separation (I’ll link the separate post on this topic below)

  7. Then press the STOP button, (the square next to the RECORD button)

  8. Delete the layers then in the ACTIONS window list, click on the action you’ve just created and press play to check if it’s recored properly

  9. Done :) Use this technique for any methods you find yourself using often to speed up workflow 


My advice for this is to record actions of your common techniques so you don’t have to repeat yourself. Want more quick and easy content like this? Check out symoneseven.com, @symoneseven instagram or Symone Seven Youtube Channel 


GEAR

Sony a7 camera with Sony 85mm f/1.8 lens

Neewer RT-16 trigger 


LIGHT

Neweeer monolight on a c stand

46”  octabox at 2 o'clock above her

gold reflector under her bust 


CREDITS

Photo: @symoneseven

Model: @empressfusion_


How do I remove people and distractions from the background in Photoshop?

By SYMONE SEVEN


So there I was on the beach, I made it just in time to catch the morning sun rise up from the crystal blue waves. I positioned myself among the palm trees into the perfect instagram pose. My mom snaps the photo and it’s beautiful straight out of the camera. I rush home to upload it into photoshop to post on my feed, and what’s standing in my way from this perfect moment? A shirtless grandpa showering behind me! I had no idea! Keep reading to find how to delete any distractions from your photos fast!



HOW TO REMOVE DISTRACTIONS IN THE BACKGROUND IN PHOTOSHOP


  1. Create a background layer copy with keyboard shortcut COMMAND J

  2. Zoom in on the distraction with keyboard shortcut COMMAND +

  3. Use the SPOT HEALING TOOL to paint over the distraction. Make sure the CONTENT AWARE setting is pressed/on in the tool’s menu

  4. Use the CLONE STAMP tool to sample with OPTION and paint over any malfunctions the SPOT HEALING TOOL may have left behind.


My advice to you is to keep an eye on your surroundings. Sometimes it’s better to wait for the perfect moment than to rush it and have to fake it. 


Want more content like this? Check out symoneseven.com, @symoneseven instagram or Symone Seven Youtube Channel 


GEAR

Sony a7 camera

MC-11 sigma adaptor

Canon EF 70-200mm 2.8 L lens


LIGHT

Natural light with no modifiers


CREDITS

Photo/model/edit: @symoneseven


How to fix a lace wig part in Photoshop?

By SYMONE SEVEN


HOW TO FIX A LACE WIG PART

  1. Go to the FILTER TAB at the top of Photoshop’s menu panel

  2. Select LIQUIFY from the drop down menu

  3. Use the PUCKER TOOL to narrow the part by lightly clicking the button slowly down the part

My tip is to go in with the HAND TOOL in LIQUIFY to manually push and pull the part after doing these steps to get the part exactly to your liking. Be careful to make sure it’s natural and your changes are undetectable. 


Want more tips like this? Check out my other posts on symoneseven.com, my instagram @symoneseven or my self titled youtube channel.


GEAR:

Sony a7 camera with 85mm 1.8 lens


LIGHT

Natural Light with no modifiers



CREDITS

Photo/Retouch: @symoneseven

Model: Mercy


How to fix a lash that’s falling off in Photoshop?

By SYMONE SEVEN


Makeup malfunctions are all too common that come up when retouching. We don’t always have the luxury of having a professional makeup artist on set to keep an eye out for those types of things. As photographers, sometimes we have to play MUA in Photoshop. Here is a quick fix video on how to get those fallen false lashes into place! 


HOW TO FIX FALLEN LASHES IN PHOTOSHOP


  1. Use the QUICK SELECTION TOOL to select the lash that’s not falling off (and the surrounding skin) by clicking and dragging over it.

  2. Press COMMAND C to copy the selection and COMMAND V to paste it

  3. While it’s still selected, go to the EDIT tab at the top of the screeen, select TRANSFORM near the bottom of the menu, then FLIP HORIZONTAL to redirect the lash in the right position

  4. Click the lash selection and place in over top of the fallen lash 

  5. Apply a layer Mask to this selection by pressing the LAYER MASK BUTTON in the LAYER potion at the bottom,

  6. Invert the layer mask by pressing COMMAND I 

  7. Use your BRUSH TOOL on a high opacity and semi hardness to paint WHITE to reveal the new lash you placed

  8. Blend the selection seamlessly ito the photo. Paint with BLACK on the layer mask to erase any unwanted areas.


This issue is obviously best fixed during the shoot but sometimes we’re moving too fast. I do suggest however while you’re shooting to get in a habit of every so often zooming in on the eye in the playback photo to avoid issues like this and to check your focus.  



Want more tips like this? Check out my other posts on symoneseven.com, my instagram @symoneseven or my self titled youtube channel.



CREDITS

Photo: @simplyjayybee

Edit Fix: @symoneseven


How do I sharpen a photo?

By SYMONE SEVEN

Ever feel like something is missing from your photo despite taking your sweet time to edit it? I experienced that all too often so there are a couple finishing touches I put on all my photos to have that complete feeling. One of them is to sharpen the photo to give it more clarity. Let me know you one of the ways I top it off,  keep reading.

HOW TO SHARPEN A PHOTO

  1. Create a layer copy with the keyboard shortcut COMMAND  J 

  2. Zoom in for a closer look with shortcut COMMAND +

  3. Go to Photoshop’s FILTER TAB at the top of the screen

  4. Select SHARPEN from the menu, then SMART SHARPEN from the drop down menu

  5. Adjust the radius to your liking, and click on an area like the eye to  see a preview in the smart sharpen filter window. 


My tip for this is to keep your radius relatively low as going too high gives the image a cartoon look. This method is more so a finishing touch to add more detail than a correction of a blurry photo. 


Want more tips like this? Check out my other posts on symoneseven.com, my instagram @symoneseven or my self titled youtube channel.


GEAR

Nikon d7200 with 55-200mm f/3.5

Neewer RT-16 trigger 


LIGHT

Neweeer monolight on a c stand

46”  octabox at 2 o'clock above her

gold reflector under her bust 


CREDITS

Photo: @symoneseven

Model: @verifiedblackbarbie


How do I fix frizzy hair in Photoshop?

By SYMONE SEVEN

This is the quick and dirty way to clean up frizzy hair in photoshop. It’s a method I use when I’m too lazy to go in with my clone stamp and remove the hairs individually. Aint nobody got time for that! Nope! Keep reading if you’re as impatient as I am

HOW TO RETOUCH FRIZZY HAIR

  1. Make a layer copy with COMMAND J

  2. Zoom in with COMMAND +

  3. Grab the CLONE STAMP TOOL on 90% hardness and opacity  and sample a clean area with OPTION 

  4. Carve out the hair, erasing the frizz by outlining the hair.

  5. Sample and drag around the perimeter

  6. Use the MIXER BRUSH TOOL with all settings on 26% to paint over the background. Don’t be afraid to be messy because of the next step.

  7. Erase the MIXER BRUSH color off the subejct

  8. Done :)


My tip is to make sure you blend the edges of your quick CLONE STAMP tool  work with the background. 

Want more? Check out symoneseven.com, @symoneseven instagram or Symone Seven Youtube Channel 

GEAR:

Canon 5d mark iii camera


LIGHT

Profoto D1 light with large octabox slightly above subject

Silver reflector under the bust

Alien Bee B800 with a a reflector bowl behind the subejct


CREDITS

Photo: @leslieandrewsphoto

Model: Kingston 

Creative director/prop stylist/retouch: @symoneseven



How do I Replace a Sky in Photoshop?

By SYMONE SEVEN

Sometimes a sky replacement is neccessary for skies that are completely blown out and can’t be recovered. This option is an easy fix or a creative license to the artist to take any photo to the next level. Read below to find out how to take your photo to the next level.

HOW TO REPLACE A SKY

  1. Select the QUICK SELECTION TOOL to select the subject by dragging your mouse while holding down. Do this while pressing the MINUS SIGN to delete unwanted areas from your selection

  2. Save the selection by going to the SELECT TAB, and SAVE SELECTION at the bottom of the menu. Name the selection if you wish and hit OK.

  3. Go to SELECT TAB again and hit DESELECT 

  4. Google a sky you want to replace your current sky and drag the saved file over top of your image in photoshop

  5. Adjust the borders on the image before pressing enter to finalize the placement

  6. Go to the SELECT TAB, then LOAD SELECTION, and choose your selection from the drop down menu. Hit OK.

  7. Then hit the LAYER MASK button in the menu in the LAYERS section to cut out the subject

  8.  Colorgrade your new sky to match the subject 

  9.  Done :)

  

My advice to you is to make sure your subject and sky are blended properly with the selection and color grading. To get a really clean selection, while you’re using your QUICK SELECTION TOOL, hit the Q BUTTON and this will turn the selection area red. Use your BRUSH TOOL to paint with white/black on 100% OPACITY and 80% HARDNESS to clean up the edges of your selections.

Want more? You can get it on symoneseven.com, @symoneseven Instagram or Symone Seven Youtube Channel 

GEAR:

Sony a7 camera with canon 70-200mm 2.8 L lens 

MC-11 Sigma adapter 

LIGHT

Natural Light

CREDITS

Model/Edit: @symoneseven 

Shooter/Shirt: Jay of @lemonaires_



How do I fix overexposed photos in Photoshop?

By SYMONE SEVEN

Sometimes the prettiest blue skies white out whenever we press the shutter. Or overcast weather days seem bleek on the LCD screen. Though annoying, this problem is an easy fix if’s not completely blown out and there’s details left on the camera’s raw file. There is a remedy to that as well but that’s another post! Read below to find out how to fix ovexposed photos in Adobe’s Camera Raw.

HOW TO FIX OVEREXPOSED PHOTOS

  1. Open the raw file in ADOBE CAMERA RAW (this happens automatically when you open a raw file in Photoshop) 

  2. Turn down the HIGHLIGHTS and WHITES slider in the main menu

  3. Go to the COLOR tab at the top of the slider menu, and turn down the LUMINANCE tab on the BLUES

  4. Finish color grading your image. I like to always lighten my SHADOWS slider to bring back details to the subject. 

My biggest tip for this is to try to prevent this from occuring in camera . You can always underexpose by turning up your aperture (your f-stop controls the background) then brightening your subject in photoshop or by exposing for the sky and adding an external flash to properly light your subject while exposing for the background.

Want to see more  content like this? Check out my blog on symoneseven.com , @symoneseven Instagram or my Symone Seven YouTube Channel

GEAR:

Nikon d3200 with 35mm 1.8 lens


LIGHT

Natural light with no modifiers on an overcast day


CREDITS

Photo: @symoneseven

Model: @nappybuthappy

Makeup: Petina Dennis



How do I remove dark marks in photoshop?

By SYMONE SEVEN

     Our flaws are beauty marks. They can add character and context to our story. But sometimes, we have to remove them from the picture to focus on the bigger picture. I found a nondestructive way to do this is to clean up my blemishes before I do more intense techniques like frequency separation or dodge/burn. I recommend using this on acne stars, hyperpigmentation marks, unwanted moles, facial hair, stray eyebrow hairs, etc.

HOW TO REMOVE DARK BLEMISHES IN PHOTOSHOP

  1. Inspect the skin and decide which blemishes are necessary to remove. My tip is to not zoom in too closely and decide where to stop before you start to above going to far.

  2. Select the CLONE STAMP TOOL, and change the blend mode to LIGHTEN and set the opacity/flow around 30-40% high.

  3. Go over the blemishes by picking a clean skin sample with CLICK + OPTION and covering up the dark mark by clicking over it a couple times.

  4. Watch the mark fade before your eyes.

  5. Repeat until you’re satisified.


The biggest difference this technique makes is the blend mode on LIGHTEN. With the setting being on that mode, it only targets change to the dark pixels leaving the normal colored pixels alone. This allows you to only remove what you don’t want!



Want more tips like this? Check out my other posts on symoneseven.com, my instagram @symoneseven or my self titled youtube channel.


GEAR

Sony a7 camera with sony 85mm 1.8 lens

Pocket Wizard


LIGHT

One alien bee B800 strobe lights on c stands

One 46” octabox slightly above her head at 7 o clock

White reflector under bust



How do I remove blemishes in Photoshop?

By SYMONE SEVEN


Sometimes, we can take a beautiful image and there are distracting blemishes taking the focus away from what we intended to focus our lens on. Eliminate the acne, debris, stray hairs and all with the spot healing brush. This is the quickest way to turn a bad skin day into a good one. 



Here are the steps to removing blemishes quickly in photoshop.

  1. Create a new Layer with keyboard shortcut COMMAND J

  2. Click on the SPOT HEALING BRUSH 

  3. Click over the blemish spots. 

  4. Drag your cursor over the blemish if it is more long than circular. 

  5. Repeat until you’ve reached your desired look.




Equipment set up:

Nikon d7200 with 55-200mm f/3.5

Neewer RT-16 trigger 


LIGHT

Neweeer monolight on a c stand

46”  octabox at 2 o'clock above her

gold reflector under her bust 


GEAR

Nikon d7200 with kit lens of 18-55mm f/3.5

Neewer RT-16 trigger 

LIGHT

Neweeer monolight on a c stand

46”  octabox at 2 o'clock above her



CREDITS

Photo/retouch:@symoneseven
Model: @loveeemia

How do I whiten teeth in Photoshop?

By SYMONE SEVEN

 A bright white smile is an inviting way to introduce an image. We as the photographer’s should be mindful of the difference a white smile can make in an image. I also pay attention to the white’s of the eyes as well for a clean image.


Steps to getting a white smile in photoshop

  1. Click the QUICK SELECTION TOOL

  2. Click and drag over the teeth to SELECT. Use OPTION - to erase

  3.  Click Adjustments

  4. Click on the HUE/SATURATION adjustment layer

  5. Choose YELLOWS from the color options, and turn down the SATURATION and turn up the LIGHTNESS.

  6. For extra whiteness, reselect by going to the SELECT TAB, 

  7. Then click RESELECT

  8. Now you have the teeth back selected, go to SELECTED COLOR adjustment layer

  9. Turn down the BLACKS inside of the WHITE color option

  10. Done.


Equipment set up:

Nikon d7200 with 55-200mm f/3.5

Neewer RT-16 trigger 


LIGHT

Neweeer monolight on a c stand

46”  octabox at 2 o'clock above her

gold reflector under her bust 



GEAR

Nikon d7200 with kit lens of 18-55mm f/3.5

Neewer RT-16 trigger 


LIGHT

Neweeer monolight on a c stand

46”  octabox at 2 o'clock above her

CREDITS

Photo/retouch:@symoneseven
Model: viicarii

How do I edit a white background in Photoshop?

By SYMONE SEVEN 


 I remember when I was a new photographer trying to shoot on white and I learned to fake it before I learned how to properly light white in the studio. So learn from my mistakes, put some lights on your background separately on your subject. But if you don’t and need to fix it, Watch me clean up a white background from one of my oldest fashion photos


Steps to cleaning and whitening a white background:

  1. Create a new Layer with keyboard shortcut COMMAND J

  2. Then use the SPOT HEALING brush to click and drag over and imperfections 

  3. To get rid of a shadow, I use a QUICK SELECTION TOOL outline the body. To erase, you can hold down OPTION - while you maneuver your mouse. 

  4. Then inverse my selection by going to THE SELECT TAB then going to the INVERSE option. 

  5. Now create a new blank layer by clicking the page icon below your BACKGROUND LAYER

  6. Use the BRUSH TOOL to paint over the shadow on a opacity and hardness below 30%

  7. Turn down the layer opacity if necessary

  8. Go to the SELECTIVE COLOR adjustment layer and turn down the blacks under the WHITES color option in the drop down menu.

  9. Done



GEAR

Nikon d7200 with kit lens of 18-55mm f/3.5

Neewer RT-16 trigger 


LIGHT

Neweeer monolight on a c stand

46”  octabox at 2 o'clock above her



CREDITS

Photo/retouch:@symoneseven
Model: @krissy2prissy












How can I fix a lace wig in photoshop?

By SYMONE SEVEN

Lace wigs are a photographer’s natural enemy. They have flyaways, screen door mesh in the part, and need constant attention combing between each frame. Even with the best preparation and application, they almost always require retouching. I’ve seen wigs that look like they’re coming from the scalp in real life not stand a chance under studio photography lights. But I care enough about my clients that I will not let them look anything other than on point when it’s said and done. 


Here’s how to retouch a lace front wig in photoshop using only ONE TOOL. Yes, just one: the clone stamp tool. It’s many days I struggled at my computer to learn how to master this skill enough to be able to simplify it for you. It’s not easy but very tedious. You definitely have to be patient and have your fingers on COMMAND Z to undo at all times lol.


Steps to retouching a lace wig: 

  1. Press play on your favorite album because you’re going to be here for a while. 

  2. Make a new background copy dragging the layer to the page icon below it

  3. Use the clone stamp tool by sampling an area using OPTION and then paint it over the problem area by clicking and dragging. That’s the technique for this entire tutorial.

  4. Make sure your brush hardness and opacity is relatively low, like between 20-50%

  5. Erase with a hard brush and high opacity (like 70-80%) over any mistakes along the edges for a cleaner look.

  6. For the lace part: first sample from the forehead and paint a thin part over the lace. Decrease the brush size the further back you go. Use the brackets to change brush size

  7. Erase over that a little with a soft brush on like 10% opacity to soften it.  I forgot to do that in the video but it’s important. 

  8. Sample the edges of the hair and bring them back closer together to form a neat looking part.

  9. Clone stamp over any stray hairs and fly aways. Working with the clone stamp remember to same everytime you release. Don’t try to drag to far but go in shorter strokes. And also don’t forget to change your brush size and opacity as needed. 

  10.  Done. You made it. I knew you could.


Equipment set up:

Nikon d7200 with 55-200mm f/3.5

Neewer RT-16 trigger 

LIGHT

Neweeer monolight on a c stand

46”  octabox at 2 o'clock above her

White reflector under her bust 


CREDITS

Photo/retouch:@symoneseven
Model: @westindiandolly

How can I extend a background in Photoshop?

By SYMONE SEVEN

It’s nothing worse than having on a fly outfit, the luck of a good baby hair day, sorting through 50,000 bad angles until you find the perfect moment, then you get ready to post it on the gram and what happens? It. just. doesn’t. Fit. You know what’s worse? Spending hours retouching you clients photos, sacrificing dates and family time, only for your client to send them back because the photos just aren’t easy to share. I avoid all of the above but trying to be mindful to give  my model some breathing room when composing and always cropping the photos into instagram ratios.


Here are the aspect ratios to be mindful for instagram:

1:1 is for a square photo

4:5 is a full sizes photo

9:16 is an instagram story photo 


Now here’s how to resize a photo for instagram by extending the background:

  1. Import your photo into photoshop

  2. Press the crop tool

  3. Select one of the three instagram acceptable ratios by choosing from the menu options or typing it in. Personally, I keep my ratio on 4:5 because full size photos are harder to scroll past. 

  4. Click and drag the photo into the position of your choice

  5. Begin dragging the ends of the crop tool square to get the right about of body into the frame.

  6. Press Enter to finalize the crop, an you’ll see your photo with colored bars where the empty space is.

  7. Press the square selection tool to create a selection of the left side of your photo and drag from top to bottom

  8. Press COMMAND C  to copy the selection 

  9. Press COMMAND V to paste the selection into a blank layer

  10. Click on the selection to activate the MOVE TOOL

  11. Drag the transformation control squares that are outlining the selection, and drag one end over the empty space to extend the background.

  12. Hit the checkmark up top to finalize the selection. You will not be able to do anything in photoshop until you do. 

  13. Repeat steps #7-12 on the other side

  14. Post on Instagram and tag me @symoneseven if you use this trick! 

GEAR

Sony a7 camera with Sony Fe 85 1.8mm lens


Neewer RT-16 trigger 

LIGHT

Two Alien Bee strobe lights

Key light with a big 72" octabox at 2 o'clock above her

The other light behind her pointing at the back wall wall and her back

CREDITS

Photo/retouch:@symoneseven
Model: Tiffany




How do I change background color in Photoshop?

By SYMONE SEVEN 

Save hundreds of dollars on seamless paper with this photoshop trick! Personally, I only own neutral background papers and I always use this method if a client wants color. This skill came out of necessity when I had to create with limited resources. But now, only makes sense to save time and money to do it this way.


STEPS TO CHANGING A BACKGROUND TO ANY COLOR IN PHOTOSHOP:

  1. Select your background with the QUICK SELECTION TOOL

  2. Go up to the top panel, select LAYER, scroll to NEW FILL LAYER, from the options click on SOLID COLOR

  3. Select a color from the wheel or a color in the image to choose your background color by clicking on it.

  4. Click on the layer mask, and CHANGE THE LAYER BLEND MODE TO “DARKEN”. Don’t miss this step! 

  5. Paint WITH WHITE on the layer mask USING THE BRUSH TOOL to apply your new color

  6. Paint WITH BLACK on the layer mask to USING THE BRUSH TOOL to erase the color from unwanted areas

  7. Done :)  


My trick I found with shooting on a white background is that using the "Darken" blend mode allows you to paint just the background and not include the hair. I learned this last night when I was up editing at 2am and so sleepy I accidentally changed my blend mode! It turned out to work out :)



Equipment set up:

Sony a7 camera with Sony Fe 85 1.8mm lens

Neewer RT-16 trigger 

LIGHT

Two Alien Bee strobe lights

Key light with a big 72" octabox at 2 o'clock above her

The other light behind her pointing at the back wall wall and her back

CREDITS

Photo/retouch:@symoneseven
Model: Tiffany